The Power of Form
The Power of Form
Objective: How can we use aesthetics to project an emotion, indicate status, reference historical movements and biological organisms, be ironic or humorous? All of this creates a layer of social function above and beyond an object’s strict utilitarian function.
Fall 2016 Industrial Design Triennial Show
Friday October 28, 2016: Woods Gerry Gallery
Inspiration Through Words
I picked three paired-specific form languages (from left to right: Geometric and Light, Organic and Fast, Soft and Heavy) and created a 2D interpretation of those word pairs. This instantly became my form inspiration as I moved from 2D to 3D.
After creating my form inspiration I just started sketching with one sharpie and I really forced myself to just keep generating quick sketches. While drawing I had my inspiration pinned to the wall so I was constantly immersed in my collages and taking form directly from them. I think having the collages was a great method to truly get to the essences of the words I chose and how they translate into drawings.
After sketching, I jumped right into the rapid prototyping process where I took a simple material to manipulate, styrene, and using the shop tools and the heat strip, I started generating early forms.
My inspiration board focuses on speed as a main aspect. I looked at Streamline Design, Cheetahs, sports cars and Nike's branding to create ideas for my form.
After reviewing my sketches I decided I was most excited about moving forward with the speaker design for Geometric and light. Because of its pure form I settled on the name ZOOM!
Creating Variety Through Color
To me, color is vital in design. Because the inner part of the speaker is made from laser cut acrylic, I could have many different colors. Color with a form like this one allows the user to be able to customize deeper. I picked colors that were sparked from my mood board. I also took a few glances at my Nike shoes for further color decisions.
Model created from Cork with Acrylic accents.